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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    Well, the 24 hour news stations fill most of their time with crap anyway so I don't think they should have any problem fitting in all the important issues. But I get what you are asking.

    Where would I rate its importance in the news cycle? I'd say...6. But still, if they have room to talk about a philanthropist driving around like Batman, they aren't hurting for space.

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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    I gave it a three myself. It's not that I don't think gay people deserve to be able to get married if they want to. It's that it's not an issue this country is going to rise or fall because of. We're facing a tough economy, unemployment, big disagreements over taxes, a decade-old war overseas, immigration questions, people doing without health care, etc. ... and we're arguing over whether a couple gay people are allowed to tie the knot. I'm surprised it hasn't been more of a ho-hum attitude like, "Oh ... the gays want to get married ... all right."

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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Not long ago I got some stats on gay marriage in Massachusetts. The number of people taking advantage of SSM's legality there is tiny compared to the general population, and tiny compared to the estimated gay population.... IIRC it was something like one percent of gays had gotten hitched since SSM was legalized several years ago.


    Apparently there aren't very many gay people who actually want to get married.


    So since your scale doesn't go down to 0.1, I had to choose 1..... It just seems to be something that thousands of people want to TALK about for every ONE that wants to DO it.
    I agree with the 1 (or less), Goshin...and all of your reasons. The gay population has, as far back as statistics show, to be on a steady course. It's not falling or rising. So that tells me that there is little likelihood that a gay will have any true influence on a non-gay's sexual orientation. And a lot don't seem to be interested in marriage.

    But the issue is seen from 3 perspectives:

    1. Religious

    2. Allowing all of the same government, civic and private entitlements to gays as heteros who marry.

    3. Both 1 and 2.

    I think it would be interesting to see what the underlying reasons are that people object to gay marriage. I mean get down to the nut-cut with simple explanations similar to the ones I posted above. No narratives...just simple questions with closed end answers.

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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    A 5? If homosexuals really want "equal" rights, then shouldn't gay marriage be considered no more less or more important the the marriage rights of any other group?

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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Not long ago I got some stats on gay marriage in Massachusetts. The number of people taking advantage of SSM's legality there is tiny compared to the general population, and tiny compared to the estimated gay population.... IIRC it was something like one percent of gays had gotten hitched since SSM was legalized several years ago.


    Apparently there aren't very many gay people who actually want to get married.


    So since your scale doesn't go down to 0.1, I had to choose 1..... It just seems to be something that thousands of people want to TALK about for every ONE that wants to DO it.
    I understand this perception, but personally I feel that its significance doesn't necessarily stem from the amount of people that take part in said activity but rather in having the right to do so SHOULD you want to. Not everyone utilises their right to freedom of press or every other civil right for that matter - yet they remain significant because they inherently belong there as rights.

    Just because only a minority takes part in a certain activity, doesn't mean the right to do so should be abolished.

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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage? 10 means of paramount importance. 1 means not important at all. This is compared to other issues.
    2% of the population wants access to something half of those who even try will fail at, and this will not affect me regardless either way.

    I gave it a 1 because you didn't have negative numbers in your poll.

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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    I think issues like this take away from the real issues of our country. Whether two people who are gay happen to marry is far down the line of importance. It is something the government should not be involved with. We got bigger problems such as:

    -Our country in perpetual war
    -The devaluation of our currency
    -The erosion of our civil liberties
    -Rapidly growing bureaucracy

    Gay marriage is an issue to distract some people from the real issues. Marriage shouldn't even be regulated by the government at all whether it be heterosexual or homosexual. People who think this is important honestly have no grasp on serious problems in our country.
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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    I think this is an important issue.

    On a personal level, it could have some affect on some of my siblings' ability to marry or remain married to the person they love.

    On a national level, it reflects badly on our country to have our laws on this issue not based on equality for all, but rather majority rule even when the majority is keeping a right to contract from certain people just due to bigoted/ignorant beliefs and based on a characteristic that is already protected by our Constitution. And, it doesn't help that we have economic studies that show consistently that same sex marriage being legal would benefit our economy.

    When it comes to true importance as a news issue, it should be in comparison to what is going on for that day and what the same sex marriage story has to do with.
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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    Since I'm neither a divorce lawyer, who might profit from gay marriage, nor gay myself, it matters little to me. From the point of view of fairness, I see no reason why gays shouldn't be married just like anyone else.
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    Re: On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is gay marriage?

    1, non-issue being blown well out of proportion. If gays want to be together, who gives a flying ****?
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